Pubdate: Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
Copyright: 2018 The Globe and Mail Company
Author: Larry Comeau
Page: A12


Re Majority Of Canadians Are Against Legalizing Pot By July 1, Poll
Finds (Jan. 3): Since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau first floated his
plan to legalize marijuana, the narrative has always been that by
cutting out the black market, this would protect children who are at
serious risk.

Having been a police officer for close to 40 years, this is a leap
into fantasy land. Black market pot sales have continued in the states
of Colorado and Washington after marijuanalegalization, and they will
do so here.

Organized crime groups already are heavily involved in supplying
illicit tobacco and alcohol, so they merely need to switch to
marijuana. The government is unwittingly aiding organized crime by
allowing anyone over 19 to grow their own pot, which will surely be

Sadly, the government has touted the benefits of legalization, while
ignoring increases in cannabis-impaired driving, more workplace
accidents and the negative impact on our ailing health-care system
when marijuana is legalized!

Larry Comeau

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